Visiting Rome – Italy – Photos

Rome wasn't built in a day

Rome wasn’t built in a day

Visiting Rome was a real treat.  It’s an enchanting city and I’m very aware that there is much more to it than I managed to see – after all they say that Rome wasn’t built in a day!

Visiting Rome

Visiting Rome

Rome was founded in 735 BC.  You must know the legend of Romulus and Remus – twin brothers who were brought up by a wolf and went on to found the city.  There is a square with a huge statue of the twins with the wolf, but I didn’t have time to visit it.  In those days it was an Iron Age hut village, but of course in later centuries the Roman Republic went on to conquer and rule much of Europe and North Africa.




St Peter's basilica

St Peter’s basilica

Vatican City

The Vatican is a city state within Rome, ruled by the Pope.  It was formed in 1929.  My hotel was near the Vatican City so I was able to visit it early in the morning and see it before the crowds had arrived.

First stop was St Peter’s Basilica.  The open square in front of this is the one where you see the crowds waiting for a papal blessing.  The building itself is one of those that overwhelms you completely – so much beauty to see.

Steps to St Peter's tomb

Steps to St Peter’s tomb

It is built over St Peter’s tomb and these are the steps (closed to the public) leading down to his tomb.  As you can see, they are right in front of the altar.

Within the Vatican Museum

Within the Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum

Next stop was the Vatican Museum, containing the Sistine Chapel.  Nothing can prepare you for the beauty of this room.  No photos allowed but it was absolutely breath taking.

Further on within the museum I came across this lovely sculpture in an open square.  I thought that the design was etched on the ball itself, but it’s actually cut into the ball and the dark bits are the inner ball.  Very clever.

Trevi Fountains

Trevi Fountains

Trevi Fountains

From there I made my way into Rome itself.  More by accident than design I found my way to the Trevi Fountains.  My sense of direction is hopeless and even Google Maps had trouble directing me there.  However it was well worth it when I eventually arrived there.  By this time there were loads of people around so I couldn’t get in close to the fountain.  Apparently you should throw three coins in the fountain (over your left shoulder).  The first is to ensure that you return to Rome, the second and third guarantee a romance and marriage.  I was content just to soak up the beauty of the sculptures and fountains.

Monument of Victor Emmanuel

Monument of Victor Emmanuel

Monument of Victor Emmanuel

The geographical centre of Rome is the Piazza Venezia.  This is dominated by the Monument of Victor Emmanuel.  It was only completed in 1925 so in Roman terms is relatively modern.  It’s built in white marble.  I thought it was beautiful but apparently it’s known locally as the typewriter building!

It would have been easy to spend a whole day exploring this square but I didn’t have the time.

 

Colosseum

Colosseum

Colosseum

The Colosseum is of course very much part of ancient Rome.  I didn’t take any photos of the outside because there are thousands of those photos all over the internet.  Instead I’ve chosen this photo of the interior to show you.  I was absolutely fascinated by the warren of rooms and corridors which lay underneath the arena.  This was where the gladiators, lions and prisoners were housed before they appeared in the arena.

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona

Visiting Rome is such a treat because wherever you go you keep happening upon wonderful squares of great beauty.  Piazza Navona was one square that Google Maps and I happened on by accident.

It is actually one of the best known squares in Rome with fountains, statues and sculptures all over.  I rather liked this seagull perched on the head of one of the sculptures.  It was easier to get close to him than to the Bernini fountain which dominates the square.

Quilt inspiration

Quilt inspiration

Quilt Inspiration

Obviously visiting Rome provided mountains of ideas for quilts.  This is actually a floor tile design but it would make a gorgeous stained glass quilt – one day!

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

I’ve made up a small video of some of the places I visited in Rome:

 

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Comments

  1. Oh wow! Thanks for telling us all about your visit to Rome – I found it fascinating. I’d love to visit the Sistine Chapel. The tiled floor would look amazing as a quilt. Thanks again.

    • Hi June. We were lucky that when we visited the Sistine Chapel we had time to sit back and really appreciate it. When my daughter went earlier in the year it was very crowded and she didn’t really have the chance to soak it up. You would absolutely love Rome although I found it exhausting.

  2. Val Edwards says:

    The round tiled floor looks very much like a ‘Dahlia’ quilt pattern and would look stunning in a stained glass style. Rome is on my bucket list too…… maybe next year.

    • Hi Val. That was my thought as well. What struck me was that we quilters could make it stained glass by adding black Clover tape while the people making the original design would have had to cut individual black tiles for all the black lines.

  3. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful trip to Rome. I never got there when I was in Europe. The city was beautiful and the site you shared were fantastic. How long did you stay. I bet you could stay a week or two and still not see it all. Thank you again. I love following your adventures.
    Sandra

    • Thanks so much, Sandra. I think that Rome is the most beautiful city that I have visited – what a shame that you missed it. We were there for about three days – just a flying visit – and I felt that I hadn’t seen a fraction of the beauties of the city.

  4. I so enjoy your quilting and your travel blogs. It is more fun to read descriptions through a visitor’s eyes. My kind of travel. Thank you for sharing your adventures, Rose.

  5. So enjoy your travel blogs. Beautiful Italy. So filled with history, culture, art and the list goes on. Definitely a place I would love to see but arthritic knees hinder my travel plans. One more knee replacement and I should be good to go. So enjoyed all your pics and your quilt design. Always look forward to Friday.
    Colleen

    • Thanks, Colleen. Sorry to hear about your knee problems. Hope you get your knee replacement soon. Glad you like the travel articles – I feel so lucky to be able to visit these places.

  6. Hi Rose, thank you for posting such lovely pictures. Rome is still on my bucket list – maybe this year. Italy is my favourite country.

    • Hi Carole. Rome had been on my bucket list for a long time and I’m really pleased that I finally took the opportunity to visit. It’s a wonderful city – and I’ve only seen small parts of it.

  7. Hi Rose,
    I am viewing this quite my accident. As I mentioned on my other comment I was looking for instructions on how to make sashings and came upon this when I Googled your website. I forgot to tell you that I liked the cushion i my other comment and will probably try my hand at making one someday.

    Glad you enjoyed your trip. I used to love traveling but those days are gone forever. Too much leg swelling in my old age.

    Missed you last Friday.

    • Hi Claire. Glad you liked the cushion – it’s actually very quick to make. I think having fairly large pieces helps. You must miss travelling. I think that’s why I try and travel so much now – I want to see all these beautiful places before I find it too difficult to travel. Do let me know if you don’t receive this Friday’s email.

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